Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s

Lenten Prayer

Daily Mass
M-F – 8:00 and 11:30 AM

Stations of the Cross
Every Friday through April 7 – 7:30 PM
Good Friday – April 14 – 12 Noon

Lenten Evenings of Peace and Friendship
Tuesday, February 28
Tuesday March 7
*Monday March 20
Tuesday, March 28
7:30 PM in the Chapel

Parish Mission
Saturday Morning, March 11 – 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon
Sunday, March 12 – 7:00 PM – Church
Monday, March 13 – 7:00 PM – Church
Tuesday, March 14 – 7:00 PM – Church
Wednesday, March 15 – 7:00 PM – Church

Taize Prayer Service
Wednesday Evenings – 7:30 PM – Church
March 22, March 29, April 5
Good Friday, April 14 – 7:30 PM – Church

Liturgy of the Hours
Thursday Evenings – 7:30 PM – Chapel
March 3 through April 6

Faith on Tap
Tuesday, March 21 – 7:15 PM
Alementary, Hackensack

Every Saturday in the Church
11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Parish Lenten Reconciliation Services
Tuesday, March 14 , at the Parish Mission
Monday, March 27, 7:30 PM
at St. Joseph’s Parish, Oradell

Lenten Movie “The Mission”
Sunday, March 26 – 2:00 PM – Parish Center

Click here for printable schedule (pdf)

3rd Scrutiny for the
Fifth Sunday of Lent

3rd Scrutiny for the
Fifth Sunday of Lent

Lazarus had died and until Jesus untied him and let him go free, all seemed lost…

What are the death-dealing forces in the world, society, community that prohibit life being lived to the full?

Annual Lenten Film:
The Mission

Sunday, March 26, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
in the Parish Center sponsored by JustFaith Ministries

Donation: personal hygiene or nonperishable food items for our parish pantry

A film not to be missed. A powerful action epic, based on actual historical events, a deeply compelling religious experience. Two men, one of the sword and one of the cloth, unite to shield a South American Indian tribe from brutal colonial subjugation. Though based in the 18th century, The Mission addresses many contemporary themes: the tension between religious and political authority, the nature of evangelization, and the debate about just war teachings vs. nonviolence. In short, something for everyone.

Invite friends. Light refreshments will be served.

Please register below or call Mary Bertani at 201-783-3885.

Lenten Evenings of
Peace and Friendship

Lent invites us to a time of prayer, reflection and conversation… to see ourselves, one another, and our world through the eyes of our merciful God. The Small Christian Community CORE committee is forming a co-ed Lenten group to meet on Tuesday evenings. During these 90 minute weekly gatherings we will explore the Sunday Scriptures of Lent and help each other understand how Jesus fits into our daily lives. Please consider making a Lenten journey with us this year:

-Deepen your commitment to Jesus
-Set your spiritual goals
-Overcome obstacles to God’s friendship
-Develop your relationship with God
-Explore your call to personal transformation

Join us:
Tuesday, February 28
Tuesday, March 7
Monday, March 20
Tuesday, March 28
in the Chapel from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.

Please RSVP below. You can sign up all at once, or before each gathering as your schedule permits:

I will attend on (check all that apply):

Tuesday, 2/28

Tuesday, 3/7

Monday, 3/20

Tuesday, 3/28

Lent (in the Chapel at 7:30pm)
Tuesday, Feb. 28
Tuesday, March 7
Monday, March 20
Tuesday, March 28

May 9
June 13
July 11
Aug. 8

Sept. 12

Oct. 10

Advent Gatherings:
Nov. 14 & 28 

Dec. 5, 12 & 19

Upcoming Meetings
and Information

The monthly meetings are held in the Parish Center after the 11:00 Mass.

The next 3 meetings are:
April 9th
May 7th
June 11th

We typically try to hold the meetings on the Second Sunday of the month – unless there is a holiday. The group is really starting to take off. If you are a Senior who wants to participate in activities with others in your age group, come on by and see what we are all about!

Remember: Sunday meetings after the 11:00 mass — hope to see you there!

CRS Rice Bowl
For Lent, For Life

Join our faith community – and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States – in a life changing Lenten journey of encounter with Catholic Relief Service (CRS) Rice Bowl. Let us walk with our brothers and sisters around the world who are hungry and are in need. 75% of every donation goes to help the poor overseas, and 25% goes to local diocese in the U.S. to support local programs.

Rice bowls can be returned during Holy Week and through the fifty days of the Easter Season. Look for the basket in the Gathering Space.

St. Peter’s Singles
Support Group Trips

Check the St. Peter’s Single Support Group website for details on:

Montreal/Quebec/Lake George


Check their website: for all details.

Call Kathy Marshall at 973-246-6148 or contact her at for reservations.

Holy Week /
Easter Schedule

Palm Sunday – April 9
Blessing of Palms at all Masses
Saturday – 5:30 PM
Sunday – 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

Chrism Mass – April 10
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart – 8:00 PM

April 10, 11, 12
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Masses 8:00 AM, 11:30 AM

April 12 – Wednesday
Stations of the Cross for Children – 3:30 PM

Holy Thursday – April 13
Morning Prayer – 9:00 AM
Midday Prayer – 11:30 AM
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper with
Procession of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:30 PM
Adoration until Midnight

Good Friday – April 14
Morning Prayer – 9:00 AM
Stations of the Cross – 12 Noon
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion with Veneration of the Cross
And Holy Communion at 3:00 PM
  Taize Service at 7:30 PM

Holy Saturday – April 15
Morning Prayer – 9:00 AM
Easter Vigil Mass of the Resurrection – 8:00 PM

Easter Sunday – April 16
8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

Monday – April 17
One Mass Only – 9:00 AM

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Parish Office:
Closed Holy Thursday, April 13
Closed Good Friday, April 14
Open Holy Saturday, April 15
Closed Easter Sunday, April 16
Closed Monday, April 17

Lenten Taize

Taize Prayer
7:30 – 8:00 in the Church

Wednesday Evenings:
March 29th and April 5th
Good Friday, April 14th

Please join us as we reflect on this season of Lent with a Taize prayer service. The music of Taize is quite beautiful in its simplicity and draws one into a period of quiet mediation. Give yourself the gift of spending some quiet time with The Lord this Lenten season.

2018 Mass

Our 2018 Book of Mass Intentions will be opened on Saturday April 1, 2017 9:30am – 12pm in the Parish Center

In order to accommodate the requests of many PARISHIONERS, we remind you: Only three Mass intentions per PARISHIONER will be allowed on the day the Mass Book opens (April 1st).

Please use the form (printable pdf below) to record your mass intention requests and bring it with you to the Parish Center on April 1, 2017.

Download the 2018 Mass Intention Guidelines here

Download the Mass Intention Request Form for 2018 here

Trade Sales

CRS/Fair Trade Sale of Coffee,
Tea and Chocolate will be held
the weekend of April 1/2
after all Masses in the Slipe Center.

New Bridge Landing
Clean Up Day

On Saturday, April 1, another Clean Up Day is planned for the site at Historic New Bridge Landing, a national historic site within our town that is dependent on volunteers to promote the site. In the past, HNBL has benefited from clean up efforts from St. Peter, Temple Shalom and other interested citizens. We welcome everyone to help out and also welcome families who want to volunteer in a joint civic project with their children to introduce them to good citizenship.

This work will occur outdoors so wear boots. We’ll be tackling the removal of non-native plants and cleaning up debris on both sides of the Hackensack River. Bring work gloves, rakes, shovels and clippers for cutting brush. HNBL looks forward to welcoming you on Saturday, April 1!

Meet at the Campbell-Christie House, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

Thursday Evening
Prayer Opportunity

Prayer Opportunity Every Thursday Evening

Looking for a different way to pray? Join us every Thursday at 7:30 PM in the Chapel to pray Evening Prayer and break open the Sunday Gospel. All are welcome!! 

Materials are provided: One-time registration using the form below, or call the rectory (201) 261-3366 and leave a message for Deacon Ed Bowen to let him know you’re coming.

Statue of Mary

Praying with Mary (Cover Letter)

Two statues are available every week through the end of 2016.  Pick up a statue at the rectory on Sunday (between 9:00 and 12:00) to pray with Mary throughout the week, and return it the following Sunday.




Quick Links

Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

A New Year’s Gathering for Peace:
Listen to Fr. John Dear’s Presentation God’s Way of Nonviolence in a Violent World

Part 1

Part 2

2017 Annual Appeal

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St. Peter's Youth Group

Every Sunday, 7:00 PM in the Youth Room

St. Peter's Singles Support Group

St. Peter’s Support Group for Separated, Divorced, Single and Widowed Adults
1st and 3rd Thursdays / month
7:30 PM
St. Peter Academy Meeting Room

All are welcome!

In addition to meetings and giving support when needed, we also travel both locally and internationally and socialize with activities during the week and weekends.
For more information and upcoming events, visit:

St. Peter's MOMS Group

MOMS Group
Weekly on Thursdays
September to June
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Casazza Center (in the Rectory)

All are welcome!

Project Linus

Crocheters and knitters meet weekly on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 12:00 January through early June in the Casazza Center which is in the basement of the rectory. We make afghans, which are donated through the local chapter of Project Linus to sick and needy babies. All who are interested are welcome. Any questions: email

St. Peter's Quilters

The quilters meet weekly in the Parish Center on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Fall and Spring (announced in the bulletin). All are welcome. We will find a job for everyone and will teach you our skills. The finished quilts are donated to the homeless teens at Covenant House in Newark. For more info call Marge Haggerty 201-262-0389 or email

Outside St. Peter’s

40 Days for Life

40 Days For Life is a community based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through prayer, fasting, and standing in a constant vigil outside the places where abortions are performed.

Join the hundreds of thousands of people in over 600 cities across America participating in 40 Days for Life this Lent.

Please consider giving one hour a week from Ash Wednesday (March 1st) to Friday, April 7th to stand in a peaceful, prayer vigil across from an abortion facility.  In Hackensack at The Women’s Choice, 10 Zabriskie St., join pro-life prayers on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00am to 2:00pm during Lent beginning Ash Wednesday, March 1st.

For more information or to sign up, contact Margaret at 201-805-0937 or

Your presence will definitely make a difference and maybe save a baby’s life!

From Grief to Hope Support Group


Are you struggling with grief because of the death of a spouse, child, parent, relative or friend? Beginning Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 7:30PM, Our Lady of Visitation Parish Bereavement Ministry will be offering a weekly program to help people understand grief, cope with it, and strengthen their hope. These sessions are open to all grieving people, their relatives, their friends, and those in the helping professions. The sessions are held year round in the comfortable surroundings of our parish rectory dining room, located at 234 Farview Avenue, Paramus, NJ.

Should you desire any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Deacon Peter Emr at the parish rectory at 201-261-6080.

Tax Return Help

Tax Return Help From The Bergen Volunteer Center

The Bergen Volunteer Center, in partnership with the United Way of Passaic County, is providing free tax preparation services for low-to moderate-income households through the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  We will hold four Saturday tax preparation sessions (2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, all from 9 am to 1 pm) in Hackensack, but other dates/times/locations are also available.  Bilingual tax experts will also be available on select dates to help support clients in Spanish and Korean.  Please dial 211 to schedule an appointment.  For any other questions regarding the program, call the Bergen Volunteer Center at 201-489-9454 or email

Knights of Columbus Membership

The Knights of Columbus are inviting all Catholic gentlemen over the age of 18 to join our organization for promoting our guiding principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. The River Edge Knights serve the Parish of Saint Peters the Apostle and local community by volunteering their time and treasure in assisting the poor, disabled and disenfranchised, as well as programs for supporting our youth. Please contact Bob Garcia on: 201-262-7766, or via Email:, or on our website: for more information. We look forward to welcoming you!

LIONS Needed!

The River Edge Lions Club is in need of some new members due to a recent drop in enrollment (retirement, relocation, other obligations).  The Club does much to help the visually impaired, families in need, schools, scouts, recreation, and other community organizations as well as national and international causes.  “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.”  Please join in helping others.  The Lions meet at the River Edge Diner on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of September through June.  Please call Lorraine or Mike Blake at 201-967-1289 for more information.

Bergen Volunteers Needed

The Bergen Volunteer Center turns caring into meaningful action by engaging volunteers to meet community needs. We can provide your members with information about a multitude of choices for a rewarding volunteer experience.  Individual volunteer opportunities, group projects, family-friendly volunteering, student or school volunteer ideas—The Volunteer Center can help in choosing an activity that is a good match for a person’s talents, interests and availability. Our website ( lists hundreds of volunteer opportunities in and around Bergen County.


Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors

The Pastoral Care Department of Hackensack University Medical Center is in great need of Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors to bring Holy Communion and visit our patients. If you feel called to this wonderful ministry, to bring Jesus and your own presence into the rooms of the sick, please contact Rev. David Armstrong – Director, Pastoral Care, Hackensack University Medical Center, 30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601 – 551-996-2345.

Life Source Hospice Seeks Volunteers

Life Source Hospice is seeking volunteers to be part of our elderly patients’ end-of-life care. Volunteers serve as friendly bedside visitors to patients throughout Bergen County and provide them with much appreciated companionship by sitting, listening and praying with them. Volunteers also provide support to family members.

Volunteers determine their own schedules and can visit on evenings and weekends. Most volunteers donate 2 hours a week of their time for a minimum of one year. Volunteers receive ongoing hospice training and support by experienced hospice professionals. For more information, please contact Life Source Hospice at #201-967-4313 or

Birthright: Help for New Moms Needed

Birthright of Bergen County, a crisis pregnancy center dedicated to encouraging and helping women choose life for their babies, is in need of volunteers to share their time and love for God’s miracle of life. Birthright provides community resources, clothes, diapers and financial help to women. Volunteers are needed in the office at 19 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood to greet, help and support mothers-to-be that come in or call in. If you have time and would like to volunteer, please call Mary Pat or Barbara at 201-845-4646.

Catholic Chaplaincy Volunteers Needed

The Catholic Chaplaincy at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, needs volunteers to: transport long-term residents to and from hospital Masses, to be friendly visitors to those confined to bed or wheelchairs, and to set up and take down altar items for hospital Masses on Saturdays (3:30 PM) and Sundays (11:15 AM). If you are 18 years of age or older and wish to volunteer, please contact Fr. Edito Gamallo at 201-414-0522 or Fr. John Quill at 201-421-0009 for more information. God will reward you for your kindness.

St. Peter Academy News

Adopt a Student Fund

Give the Gift of a Catholic Education

A Catholic education is a powerful tool for any child’s future, but for some children it is not financially within reach of their family. This is where the parishioners of St. Peter’s Church can give the opportunity of Catholic schooling to a child at St. Peter Academy by making a donation to our school’s Adopt-a-Student Fund. Any donation, big or small, can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Please make checks out to St. Peter Academy – Adopt a Student Fund and mail to the school at 431 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ 07661.


SCRIP Easy Fundraising

Just a reminder:  we are still selling Scrip gift cards in the gathering space after many masses with all proceeds going to St Peter Academy. A list of card and denominations is available at the Scrip table in the gathering space. Any cards we do not have we will be happy to order for you. 

For any questions you can reach out Scrip coordinator at

Spring Plant Sale

St Peter Academy is currently taking orders for our annual Plant Sale. Forms are available in the Take-One racks in the Church Gathering Space. Please call the school office if you need a form or have any questions.

Senior Residence


April 23: Open House

Sunday, April 23rd
11 AM – 1 PM